5,000 Years of War Horses

Eileen Battersby, writing for the Irish Times, tells the history of the horse, and how once the bit and saddle allowed man to ride, the horse was predominantly used for military campaigns and combat. Below is a teaser. We urge you to read the article through to get an idea of what horses have fought… Continue reading 5,000 Years of War Horses

All the King’s horses

By MAHESH RANGARAJAN DECCAN CHRONICLE The idea of the Arab horse, or the Persian, as a vastly superior breed would have been familiar in the days it was not just a ditty to hum or a song to sing. Amir Khusrau has written of “Sea borne, mountain and Tatar steeds” that took Ghazi Malik to… Continue reading All the King’s horses

Old Sam of Coldwater: Civil War Horse (US)

Coldwater man chronicles Civil War hero horse By ROLAND STOY for the Chicago Tribune Republished with Permission, Washington Times Civil War Blog Coldwater, Michigan — A horse is a horse, of course. But as anyone with any knowledge of equines knows, there are, and have been exceptional horses, such as the late, great Old Sam… Continue reading Old Sam of Coldwater: Civil War Horse (US)

A spacecraft designed by horses (US)

Cross-posted from the Spring Hope Enterprise, NC By THE EDITOR (Editor’s note: The following “history lesson” was passed along by reader Mary Parker of Rolling Bay, Wash.) The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way… Continue reading A spacecraft designed by horses (US)

From Horses to Horsepower

THE HORSELESS CARRIAGE OpEd By Phil Patton - New York Times June 2, 2008, 4:21 pm ----------------------------------- A century ago the word horseless had many of the same overtones wireless does today: it seemed high tech and futuristic. And at the end of the 19th century, the idea that personal locomotives powered by new types… Continue reading From Horses to Horsepower

Stonewall’s favorite horse given makeover

JAY CONLEY of The Roanoke Times filed this report: LEXINGTON, (AP) -- For a horse that's been dead since the 1880s, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's beloved mount is getting some first-class pampering at the Virginia Military Institute Museum. On Friday, a team of four technicians from the Smithsonian Institution shampooed - using Pert… Continue reading Stonewall’s favorite horse given makeover